Why Do Babies Cry?

Independent Research

A baby's brain and central nervous system are in its final stages of development during the first few months of its life. Therefore, the baby's experience during this stage is critical for its intellectual and emotional development.

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Take the results of these scientific studies into consideration:

  • Doctor Peter Huttenlocher, a neurologist at Chicago University, was the first to prove the abundance of connections in the infant brain among nerve cells, also known as neurons. Dr. Huttenlocher demonstrated that from the very day a baby is born it begins the learning process. Everything it sees, hears, feels and smells generates a link between the brain and nervous system. The links increase considerably during the first few weeks of a baby's life, generating significant growth in the brain. In fact, during the first month of life a baby's cephalic perimeter increases an average of 3.6 centimeters and 2.1 centimeters during its second month.
  • By means of a positron emission tomography (PET) test, specialists are able to see how the baby's brain functions and develops. PET images enable scientists to see which parts of a baby's brain that are active or inactive. Doctor Harry Chugani, a pediatrician at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, obtained revealing results through a PET test on the brains of several children who had been abandoned at birth. These babies, who were poorly cared for, showed signs of insecurity and introverted behavior. PET images showed black patches in the zones of the brain responsible for feelings and emotions, indicating that these areas had never been activated. In contrast, tests conducted on children who are raised in an environment of affection and attention showed no blank zones in their brains.
  • Research conducted over the last 16 years in Venezuela by Doctor Beatriz Manriquez, a leading scholar on prenatal stimulation, identified developmental differences between children who were properly stimulated at birth to those who were raised under normal circumstances. According to the study:
    • At 18 months, major differences in mental development are evident in children who received proper stimulation, especially in the areas of language capacity, visual coordination, and problem solving.
    • At 3 years, major differences in mental and motor skills are evident in those children who received the appropriate stimulation. These children demonstrated an advanced language capacity, visual coordination, memory, social intelligence, and logic process.
    • At 4, 5 and 6 years, children with proper stimulation show a greater intellectual development. They display excellent common sense, are capable of solving problems that arise in their daily lives, are good observers, and develop greater analytical skills.
    • According to American specialists in infant psychology, attending to a baby's emotional and physical needs influences the intelligence that it will develop in the future. Babies who are understood and given attention developed 10% more intelligence than babies cared for under normal circumstances, and 25% more than babies who were not understood or neglected. Furthermore, the child's IQ could potentially increase by 10 points.¹

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Pedro Monagas Asensio, The Key to WhyCry is You: Understanding Your Baby Will Stimulate Its Development